The “Self-Study Report of the Department of Linguistics” in May 1978 states that their future plans are “our highest priority has been for a Navajo linguist to shore up the Navajo language program in the Department of Modern and Classical Languages and to respond to the generalized demand for general linguistics and educational linguistics expertise on this major regional language.”

The Navajo Language Program continues to be in the Department of Modern and Classical Languages. However, for various reasons, Department of Modern and Classical Languages plans to drop Navajo altogether in 1979. But they receive support letters to continue classes from renowned scholars: Voeglin writes letters to UNM president of the day: “I urge you to reinstate the Navajo Language position within the Department of Modern and Classical Languages at the University of New Mexico.” Barre Toelken and Ken Hale also write letters.